You can find articles about my early metamorphosis as an Alzheimer's caregiver, and how I learned to deal with some of the bigger problems faced by most Alzheimer's caregivers.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Alzheimer's Reading Room that I created back in early 2010. For those of you that have never seen it you might want to take a look. There are 21 articles listed on that page. Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Advice and Insight
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The first article is entitled, The Metamorphosis of This Alzheimer's Caregiver. Rereading the article reminds my of how much there is to learn when you take on the task of caring for a person with Alzheimer's.
The thing that surprises me most now is that you never stop learning. Of course, much of the learning process includes learning how to deal with the person within. It really requires constant change to deal with a person with Alzheimer's.
You can find more articles there about my early metamorphosis and how I learned one by one to deal with some of the bigger problems faced by most Alzheimer's caregivers.
I also have the article, Alzheimer's Caregiver Lament -- This is Not the Person I Knew. I never stop cringing when I hear a caregiver say, this is not the person I knew. I cannot help asking myself every time, who are they then?
Communication is my forte in life. When a person starts saying words like this, they are objectifying and vilifying the person that has Alzheimer's. I know this. You won't treat an object that way you would treat a person.
Are persons with Alzheimer's villains? Objects?
I can say this. Persons with Alzheimer's don't scare me the way they did 7 years ago. In fact, they look very different to me. They look interesting to me. When you see the "more there" you might conclude there is more to this person than most people can ever imagine.
I also have this article on that page, Alzheimer's Caregiver Lament -- I can't take her out because she eats with her hands. All I can say is this, there is a solution to every problem. The solution is almost always very simple. Eat foods you can eat with your hands when in public.
You can also add in some socialization, bright light, and fun. Outdoors at McDonald's anyone?
Sometimes you see kids which really perks most people with Alzheimer's. One time a little bird flew up to us at McDs. Dotty threw the bird a french fry. Made for a good time for both of us. Although it could have turned into the move the "Birds".
Grab a snack.
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More Insight and Advice for Caregivers
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Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,680 articles with more than 512,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room